Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Million Facebook Users' Data Exposed by Personality Quiz

Christopher Wylie.           Win Mc Namee via Getty Images Christopher Wylie. Win Mc Namee via Getty Images
| 16 May, 2018, 15:05

"Although Facebook says Mr Zuckerberg has no plans to travel to the United Kingdom, we would also be open to taking his evidence by video link, if that would be the only way to do this". Apparently someone working for the app shared some of the code on GitHub, and put working login credentials in the code as well that allowed access to the database, for four years.

Furthermore, it is also said that the app has 22 million status updates from more than 150,000 users.

Facebook suspended the mypersonality app in April claiming it may have violated its terms.

Cambridge Analytica has been at the heart of the data scandal that has rocked Facebook, the world's largest social network, and led to calls for more regulation of user data.

In the latest of a string of security breaches, a report from New Scientist has revealed a popular personality app insufficiently protected the "anonymous" data of participants.

Yet another instance of a Facebook app putting innocent users' sensitive private data at risk has been uncovered.

Select committees rarely formally summon witnesses to appear, but did formally summon Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix after he refused to appear before the DCMS committee to clarify previous testimony.


GSR developed a app that reportedly collected data from people who signed up to use the app as well as information from their Facebook friends, without the explicit approval of all involved.

If you value your privacy, the only sensible step is to quit Facebook before worse things happen.

Facebook learned of the infraction in 2015 but didn't inform the public.

Facebook has failed to fully answer 39 questions from British lawmakers examining data privacy and fake news, a parliamentary committee said on Tuesday, adding that it would ask the social media giant once again for the missing details.

"To date, thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended - pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data", the executive noted.

Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook.

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